Lebo Hopeful Guard Will Play Soon

Auburn basketball coach Jeff Lebo updates the status of one his freshman players.

Auburn, Ala.--After receiving a boost from Josh Dollard last week, Coach Jeff Lebo is hoping that will happen when Kelvin Lewis is ready for game action. Just when that will happen is still uncertain.

Lewis, a 6-4 freshman guard from Forth Worth, Tex., had his first full-scale practice on Monday as the Tigers began preparations for Wednesday night's home game vs. South Alabama. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. as the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team.

Lewis suffered a stress fracture in his foot in preseason and has yet to play a game for the Tigers. Dollard, who was suspended to open the season, returned to action and the sophomore forward has been a factor with his scoring and rebounding. In three games he has averaged 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Lewis averaged 20.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a senior at North Crowley High last season. "He will play one (point guard) and two (shooting guard)," Lebo says. "Before he got hurt he was one of our better outside shooters. He could score out there.

"The biggest thing for Kelvin is he hasn't practiced in four weeks. (Monday) was the first time he had actually gotten in there and had some physical play against somebody else. He has got to get some confidence. His timing has to get back and his conditioning has to get back.

"Before he got hurt I thought he was one who would have started for me," Lebo notes. "He could start at either one. If Tez (Quantez Robertson) is in the game he would probably play two."

The Tigers, who are 6-3 after playing well in a losing effort on Sunday to No. 2 Pitt, will next face a South Alabama team that is 5-2 this season. After that the Tigers will take a break for final exams before playing again on Dec. 16th at home vs. Wofford.

Lebo says it is doubtful that Lewis will see action on Wednesday night vs. the Jaguars. "I think the thought would be to get him some practice time. We have a nine-day break where he needs to get in there and practice. He hasn't been able to really play two days together. He will work out and the next day he is sore and can't go. We want to make sure he is healed up...We will probably hold him until we see how he does."

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